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New heARTful Action Post at http://www.susanmcculley.com/heartful-blog/ !

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. ” — Maya Angelou

heARTful is a word I made up to mean awareness from and leading with the heart. heARTful Action posts focus on how to stand up and create a culture of health, inclusion and kindness. heARTful Action posts are calls to love warriors everywhere.Please note that heARTful Action is its own blog now, separate from Focus Pocus. Please find it here where you can sign up to receive posts directly. And if they are helpful to you, please do pass them on.

Me and you and you and you
Just wanna be free yeah
But you see all the world is just as we’ve made it
And until we got a new world
I’ve got to say that love is not a whisper or a weakness

– Mercy by Dave Matthews Band

I love my teacher, Jamie Catto, but when this post came up from him on Facebook last week, I hated it.

Let’s say it plainly: Trump is an embodiment of all of our collective, denied Shadows. (Continue reading here.)

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With a new administration taking over in the US this week, I thought it would be a good time to revisit this post about expectations from December 2014. “From Ice to Water, from Water to Steam.” – SJM

Melting Expectations (originally posted December 7, 2014)

“Expectations are resentments under construction.”
~ Anne Lamott

‘Tis the season of expectation. I mean, honestly, it’s practically what December in the U.S. is about. What with the Christian season of advent (complete with an expecting mother and expectation of salvation), children everywhere writing lists of expected gifts, and all of us expecting the light and warmth to return to our side of the planet, expectation is woven into everything.

Desire and intention are one thing … but expectation has teeth. Expectation has an edge. There are inevitable consequences if expectations aren’t met. An expectation means that somebody is attached to an outcome and as a Buddhist teacher once pointed out, “Attachment to outcome: BEEEG problem.”

Especially at this time of year, it seems we have expectations for everything. We have expectations for meals and decorations and celebrations. For the way our friends and families should behave. For the way our children should respond. For way this time of year should feel. And Lord knows we have expectations of ourselves: to give a certain kind of gift, to look a certain way, and to be calm or cheerful or reverent or jolly.

Expectations are tricky and sticky. Trained as we are to gain approval and love from outside sources, most of us are programmed to do whatever we can to live up to expectations. But striving to get love for meeting someone’s expectations (including our own) is the prelude to resentment.

“The genius Taoists constantly give their full presence to scanning their whole body, locating any blocked or hard-to-describe discomforts, whereupon they say ‘Ice to Water, Water to Steam’ and literally use their imagination to SEE that place dissolve and the steam leave their body”. ~ Jamie Catto (see his full post here)

Expectations are the way we think things should be and that feels tight. There is next to no wiggle room in an expectation. Expectations are breath-holding brittleness and they are such a part of our lives that we often don’t realize they are there.

Expectations create tension in our activities, our meals, our parties, in our bodies. Expectations constrict. Something that started out as “I like to do it this way” (or “our family/religion/country likes to do it this way”) can morph into “I always do it this way” and then can mutate into “I have to do it this way.”

Stop reading for a second and notice anywhere where you feel tension in your body. Tension is where energy is stuck. Whether it is in your hamstrings or your heart, your thighs or your throat, tension is the body’s way of signaling to release and let flow. Release tension and more energy is available.

Especially at this time of year, our bodies and our minds can feel tight and dry. Mindful movement is a way of melting the dry tightness and introduces more liquid warmth to our experience. Whether mental, physical, or emotional tension, movement can allow the bristly edges of expectation soften.

Physicality affects the mind and emotions. Even just getting up from your desk to stretch and clear your mind can break up and melt the brittle hardness.

Our thoughts and imaginations affect the physical body. Imagining breathing space around you or light and love in and out of you can relax tension wherever it is lodged.

Sweat and tears and imagination all lend themselves to melting the hard edges of expectation and by extension, reducing the inevitable resentment that follows.

Let your intention be the hot skillet to icy expectation…Ice to water, water to steam.

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The adage, “No pain, no gain”? Utter horse hockey if you ask me. It does noBody any good to seek out pain. But awkwardness? Confusion? Frustration? Difficulty? Heck yeah. That’s where new skills, habit-breaking and possibility lie.

The day after writing this week’s post, I came across this great article that explains the neuroscience behind our focus this week. Enjoy it.

Our From Preference to Skill playlists from the week are below or you can listen to them by going to Spotify! Dance for free at Spotify! Sign up, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen!

And first the announce-y things:

• New Nia 5 Stages class with Anne at acac downtown on Friday mornings
Black Belt Nia Instructor, Anne Wolf is now offering a Nia 5 Stages class on Friday mornings 8:30-8:55 am at ACAC downtown. Nia 5 Stages is an integrative practice based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Each stage is a foundation for the next. Combined, all 5 stages help people to integrate physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When practiced daily and in the correct sequence, these stages facilitate optimal alignment and function. Come join Anne to explore these stages and cultivate your  practice.

• Finding Your Focus with Mary Linn & Susan ~ January 28, 3-5pm –NEW LOCATION: The Quaker Meeting House at 1104 Forest St in Cville
These days, there are seemingly endless worthy causes that could use our money, time, and energy. Many of us are left feeling overwhelmed, scattered, or even helpless.
In this free workshop, we will explore what matters to you most, ultimately discovering the unique purpose to which each one of us may give our devotion.
As we share our insights, we will create a sense of relaxed readiness, knowing that we are not taking on the world alone.
Bring a journal, something you’re comfortable sitting on and a friend!

This is a FREE heARTful Action gathering~ Saturday, January 28, 2o17, 3-5pm
given the number of people attending it will now be held at The Quaker Meeting House at 1104 Forest St, Cville 22903. Please bring a friend and a donation for the use of the space.
*Please RSVP to sjmnia@gmail.com or on the Facebook event page (https://tinyurl.com/z9tq33f) so we know how many will be there.

• Make a Donation and Get Art on susanmcculley.com/shop
For the foreseeable future: You Make a donation and I sent you art! It’s SIMPLE:
(1) Make a donation to CarbonFund.org (or your favorite environmental organization) or to Human Rights First (or your favorite human rights organization).
(2) Send me a copy of the receipt to sjmnia@gmail.com (alternatively, you can mail a check written to the organization to 1255 Sunset Ave Ext, Charlottesville VA 22903) and include your mailing address and the equivalent value art that you would like.
(3) I’ll mail you the art right away.
Go to http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop to see the full line up of available art. Make a heARTful difference today.

• dance.sit.create. day-treat on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017, 8:30am-5pm
There is still some space for dance.sit.create on Saturday, Feb 18 (snow date, March 4) at Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall, 4133 Earlysville Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936
What better way to spend a winter day than in giving power and time to your unique creativity? As a human being, you are an artist. While we can’t make creativity happen, we can provide fertile terrain for inspiration to land and take root. In this supportive, delicious, fun experience, step into your own creative life. Join Susan McCulley, Nia Black Belt, mindfulness teacher, writer and artist for a day-treat playing at the intersection of movement, stillness and your artist self. If you have dance.sit.created before, new surprises await. If not, this is the perfect time to join us.
Susan provides guidance and inspiration for the day. Rebecca George’s Dragonfly Kitchen provides extraordinary vegetarian, gluten-free, seasonal food (tea, snack, lunch). ALSO INCLUDED is a new 6-week series of music, meditations, and prompts to keep the flow of the day going. $125 / please register by February 15. Limited to 20 participants. Go here for all the details and to register.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, Jan 9, 2017, 1045am ~ From Preference to Skill

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Wild Horses (Live) 6:05 Alicia Keys
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening*

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017, 840am ~ From Preference to Skill

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Wild Horses (Live) 6:05 Alicia Keys
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening*

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017, 11am ~ From Preference to Skill

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Waking the Spirits (African Travels Re-Awakening Remix) 5:56 Bob Holroyd
Diavolo In Me (Devil In Me) 4:05 Zucchero & Solomon Burke
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Wild Horses (Live) 6:05 Alicia Keys
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening*

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017, 840am ~ From Preference to Skill

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Waking the Spirits (African Travels Re-Awakening Remix) 5:56 Bob Holroyd
Diavolo In Me (Devil In Me) 4:05 Zucchero & Solomon Burke
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Wild Horses (Live) 6:05 Alicia Keys
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening*

* This is new music from one of Jamie Catto’s creative projects! You can find it here. https://thehappeningmusic.bandcamp.com/releases

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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“We’ve all got things that hang on our back
Things that make us cool,
Things that make us whack,
Things that make us mad,
Things we wish we never had done.
But they’re just the things that make us real
Not the maps to guide where we go from here
The road twists and braids like hair
Until we all get there.”
– From Braided Hair by One Giant Leap Ft. Speech And Neneh Cherry

This week we focused on taking safe risks, finding the balance between challenge and healing with the intention of expanding into potential and breaking habits. On the musical menu were the second and third routines that I created in 2002 and 2003 ~ Dunyakan with the music of Afro Celt Sound System and 1 Giant Leap created by Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman when they traveled the world collecting music and words and then put it all together into a layered mosaic of awesomeness.

Both albums are worth a solid listen and you can do that by going to Spotify ! You can do that for free at Spotify ! Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! Both Afro Celt Sound System and 1 Giant Leap are rich examples of collaborative art that definitely takes risks.

Below are the playlists for the week, but first here are some groovy things you want to know about:

Two Essays Published by Elephant Journal!
I’m delighted and excited to say that elephant journal has picked up two of my essays this week. Whew! You can check out the ones about Intentions vs. Resolutions here and in preparation for MLK Day on Monday, the one about the wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. here. Help out a budding writer by reading and sharing!

Winter Nia Jam: Spiritual High with Anne, Mary Linn & Susan ~ Friday, January 22, 545-7pm at acac downtown
We are returning to the music and focus of a long-ago Nia routine originally created around 1995 by our teacher, Carlos Rosas. Together, we’ll create a new take on the music, movement and magic. Free for members and members can bring a friend for free!

dance. sit. write. draw. Saturday, January 23, 2016 – Now is the time to pave the way for 2016!
We’re dancing, sitting and writing again and this time, we’re drawing, too! Join me for a day of exploration at the intersection of movement, stillness and creativity. Find all the information at http://www.susanmcculley.com/workshops-retreats/ and register at http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop/dance-sit-write-draw-day-retreat-1 on http://www.susanmcculley.com

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, Jan 11, 2016, 1045am ~ Safe Risks – Dunyakan (Voice of the World)

North 6:49 Afro Celt Sound System
North, Pt. 2 3:02 Afro Celt Sound System
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Lagan 4:05 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Life Begins Again [Featuring Robert Plant] 6:22 Afro Celt Sound System
Further in Time 6:32 Afro Celt Sound System
Persistence of Memory 4:29 Afro Celt Sound System
Onwards 5:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Fervent Supplication 3:43 Russian State Symphony Capella

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016, 840am ~ Safe Risks – Dunyakan (Voice of the World)

North 6:49 Afro Celt Sound System
North, Pt. 2 3:02 Afro Celt Sound System
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Life Begins Again [Featuring Robert Plant] 6:22 Afro Celt Sound System
Further in Time 6:32 Afro Celt Sound System
Persistence of Memory 4:29 Afro Celt Sound System
Onwards 5:27 Afro Celt Sound System

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016, 11am ~ Safe Risks

Dunya Salam 2:55 Baaba Maal
My Culture 5:39 Maxi Jazz/Robbie Williams
The Way You Dream 8:21 Asha Bhosle/Michael Stipe
Ma’ Africa 4:49 Mahotella Queens/Ulali
Braided Hair 4:03 Neneh Cherry/Speech
Ta Moko 5:10 Mako Black
Passion 5:46 Michael Franti
Daphne 7:03 Eddi Reader/Mahotella Queens/Revetti Sakalar
All Alone (On Eilean Shona) 7:51 One Giant Leap, various artists
Ghosts 6:36 Eddi Reader

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016, 840am Safe Risks

Dunya Salam 2:55 Baaba Maal
My Culture 5:39 Maxi Jazz/Robbie Williams
The Way You Dream 8:21 Asha Bhosle/Michael Stipe
Ma’ Africa 4:49 Mahotella Queens/Ulali
Braided Hair 4:03 Neneh Cherry/Speech
Ta Moko 5:10 Mako Black
Passion 5:46 Michael Franti
Daphne 7:03 Eddi Reader/Mahotella Queens/Revetti Sakalar
Ghosts 6:36 Eddi Reader

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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Your heart knows the way.
Run in that direction.
~ Rumi

Resolutions.
Gah.
The very word is grim. It rings of steely determination. Of buttoning up and buckling down.
There is no breath or life or joy in being resolute.
Resolutions grumpify me.

But intention?
That’s the kind of juicy goodness that I can get behind.
Intent is a powerful pursuit any time ~ not just at the end of the year.

But here we are, in the last week of 2015, so why not dig into the vital energy of intention?
(Especially since you’re reading a blog that explores “The Magic of Inquiry & Intent”?)

We are thinky creatures, we humans (especially we American humans), hell bent on our pursuit of happiness. Which is a cool and natural inclination, of course. With our resolutions, though, we go at it backwards. We start with What? instead of Why?

Resolutions are Whats: go to the gym every day, meditate in the morning, cut back on the coffee and the chardonnay, and of course, the ubiquitous, lose ten pounds. All fine things to do but they skip over the real question: Why?

Intentions are Whys. Intentions get at the root of what we want. Intentions are about how we want to feel. Going to the gym and cutting out caffeine and losing those pounds are really just means to an end. They are things that we think will make us feel a certain way.

Maybe they will and maybe they won’t. My suspicion is that one of the reasons people almost never keep their New Year’s Resolutions is that they don’t feel the way they think they will, so they quit.

Why not start with the feeling and build the Whats around that?

Think of something you really want and imagine yourself fully possessing it. What do you see when you have it? What do you hear? What do you smell and taste? Who is with you or are you alone? And most of all, what do you feel? Inside and out? Physical and emotional? What do you feel like when you have this thing you want?

Get really clear on that feeling. Then think of as many activities/situations/people that either already give you that feeling or other ways that you can get it. Focus on the feeling and expand your imagination to include as many ways as you can that you can get that feeling…including perhaps, but not necessarily, the thing you started out wanting.*

And there you have it: a list of Whats for creating a year that feels the way you intend.

Intention is about the feeling. What do you want to feel like in 2016? Let’s start there.

 

* With gratitude to Jamie Catto for his Practical Magic workshop which reminded me of this approach of feeling first.


If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy these:
GPS of Intent Pt I
GPS of Intent Pt 2

2015 New Year celebrationWelcome to this year.
Welcome to this day.
Welcome to this moment.

This was a week of allowing. Allowing the body to feel what it feels. To feel it and if it’s painful to soften and soothe it. And mostly to allow it to be.

The community response to the tragic death of Chloe Rose Leong, Mary Linn Bergstrom’s 6-year-old daughter, has been heartfelt and strong. Thanks to everyone who has sent love, cards, meals, money. It all makes a difference and the need is not going away. The current meal schedule is full but we may well add dates to the calendar. I’ll keep you posted about that and you can check here and here for information. Donations are still needed and welcome as the realness of lawyers and legal proceedings and therapy of all kinds continues.

Here is the music from a week of allowing, including playlists from classes with Loring (and the poem she shared) and Anne. A couple of the songs I used this week are unpublished and are noted with asterisks. If you would like them, I have permission from the artists to share them, so please email me at sjmnia@gmail.com.

As always, please let me know how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, Dec 29, 2014, 1045am ~ with Loring

Song for Olabi 6:07 Bliss
Kissing 6:05 Bliss
Marisi 6:33 Cantoma
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Dah-Din Beats (Ges-E + Usman) 8:01 Ges-E + Usaman
Amma 6:26 James Asher & Sivamani
Cry (Brown Bear Mix) 7:30 Afterlife
Speck of Gold 5:37 Afterlife
The Angel’s Voice 7:05 Diane Arkenstone
Prayer for Protection 6:29 Xumantra

Mary Oliver, “White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field”

Coming down out of the freezing sky
with its depths of light,
like an angel, or a Buddha with wings,
it was beautiful, and accurate,
striking the snow and whatever was there
with a force that left the imprint
of the tips of its wings — five feet apart —
and the grabbing thrust of its feet,
and the indentation of what had been running
through the white valleys of the snow —
and then it rose, gracefully,
and flew back to the frozen marshes
to lurk there, like a little lighthouse,
in the blue shadows —
so I thought:
maybe death isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light wrapping itself around us —
as soft as feathers —
that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking,
and shut our eyes, not without amazement,
and let ourselves be carried,
as through the translucence of mica,
to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow,
that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light —
in which we are washed and washed
out of our bones.

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014, 9am ~ with Anne

Fragile Beauty 4:20 Chris Coco
Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix) 7:30 ReUnited
Miracle (Cantoma Mix) 5:57 Afterlife
Let Your Soul Guide Your Heart (F… 6:09 Rodney Hunter
Drifting Way (Paradiso Mix) 5:07 Faithless
Don’t Deny Me Love (Featuring Ale… 7:02 Physics
Free (Featuring Shannon Day) 4:09 Illumine
Indra 5:23 Thievery Corporation
Lean On Me (feat. Lisa Fischer, Jo… 5:10 Darlene Love
Transcendence 7:03 Anima
Sure On This Shining Night 1:59 Lisa Fischer

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014, 1055am ~ Allowing

Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Marisi 6:33 Cantoma
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Dah-Din Beats (Ges-E + Usman) 8:01 Ges-E + Usaman
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 4:31 Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars)
Khalgi Stomp (Thievery Corporation Mix) 3:55 Transglobal Underground
Another Day ( Mal ) Nu 1 5:01 Jamie Catto*
What a Year for a New Year 4:06 Dan Wilson*
Intro 1:44 Ishq

Thursday, Jan 1, 2015, 9am ~ Allowing

The Day After Everything Changed 4:30 Ellis Paul
Inlakesh 3:58 Lou Rhodes
Listen to the Music (DJ Malibu Mix) 5:01 The Doobie Brothers
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Heal Me 3:39 Melissa Etheridge
What I Know 4:14 Parachute
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 4:31 Mark Ronson
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Unwritten 4:19 Natasha Bedingfield
Another Day ( Mal ) Nu 1 5:01 Jamie Catto*
Colour In My Name (Featuring Precise) 6:08 Spiral System
What a Year for a New Year 4:06 Dan Wilson*
Subtle Body 7:02 Wayne Jones

Saturday, Jan 3, 2015, 1230pm ~ Allowing

Say 3:51 John Mayer
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Listen to the Music (DJ Malibu Mix) 5:01 The Doobie Brothers
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Heal Me 3:39 Melissa Etheridge
What I Know 4:14 Parachute
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 4:31 Mark Ronson
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Unwritten 4:19 Natasha Bedingfield
Another Day ( Mal ) Nu 1 5:01 Jamie Catto*
What a Year for a New Year 4:06 Dan Wilson*
Subtle Body 7:02 Wayne Jones

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…

If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.

Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

And if you’re a belt, Helen Terry is coming to the Charlottesville area for a Blue Belt training in February! An exciting opportunity to deepen your practice!

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[this is a hula hooper at last week’s Let There Be Light art show]

Even in these dark days, there is light.

It may be dim or cool or reflected like the moon, or radiant and life-sustaining like the sun. But light is there.

No matter how this season usually is for you, the invitation is to drop the story about it and sense how you really feel and what you really need. Do you need to seek a friend who believes in you, art that inspires you, or a teacher who sees your potential? Do you need some time to sit quietly or are you in need of connection?  Do you need to extend yourself: offer support, give a needed gift, sit with someone who is hurting?

Below is the music for the week. The most asked about piece was this one. People described it as everything from haunting to majestic. Listen and EnJOY.

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[this is a piece from Let There Be Light 2014 called On Alien Pond]

Announce-y type things:

– I will be traveling around the holidays (off to Northern Minnesota!).  I will be teaching on Monday, Dec 22, Tuesday, Dec 23 and then again on Wednesday, Dec 31 and Thursday, Jan 1 (co-teaching with Mary Linn!). Mary Linn will be teaching my classes while I’m away, so enjoy every moment of that!
– MUSIC FOR MUSIC OFFER CONTINUES!
1. I am always looking for new music and I love to know what you’re listening to and loving.
2. In particular, I’m working on a new project and am looking for instrumental pieces for that.
3. I have a bunch of Nia music I am dying to share.
4. THE OFFER: if you send me the title and artist of three songs you love (especially but not only instrumentals), I will send (or hand deliver, depending on your location) you a CD of Nia music.
5. THE ALTERNATE (OR ADDITIONAL) OFFER: If finding new music isn’t your thang, then write your favorite Focus Pocus post from 2014 in the comments below, and I’ll send you a Nia CD.
– My hero, teacher and mentor, Jamie Catto is offering a two-hour online workshop on Sunday, December 21. If you sign up and want to connect with me about the class before or after, just let me know!

As always, please let me know how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, Dec 15, 2014, 1045am ~ You Are The Light

Aquarius 4:48 Hair, the Musical / Renn Woods
What I Got 3:21 Gift Of Gab, Michael Franti & Spearhead
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
Inner Membrane 5:19 Govinda
Instant Karma 3:14 U2
Shining Light 4:32 Annie Lennox
Spirit In the Dark 5:04 Diane Schuur & B.B. King
Shine 4:12 Joshua
Shine the Light On 5:02 Illumine
Light 7:22 Hans Zimmer & Johnny Mori

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014, 9am ~ You Are The Light

Tibet Part II 4:54 Mark Isham
Passing Through 5:17 Bob Holroyd
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Something Understood 4:24 Bob Holroyd
Drumming Up a Storm 5:59 Bob Holroyd
Zion Youth 5:39 Dreadzone
Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) 3:21 John Lennon, The Plastic Ono Band & Yoko Ono
Shining Light 4:32 Annie Lennox
Spirit In the Dark 5:04 Diane Schuur & B.B. King
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Shine the Light On 5:02 Illumine
Hello Night 4:29 Zoe Keating

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014, 1055am ~ You Are The Light

Light You Up 6:20 Shawn Mullins
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Moon and Sun [#] 4:36 Gomez
The Moon, The Sky 5:05 Thunderball
Shine the Light On 5:02 Illumine
Hello Night 4:29 Zoe Keating

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014, 9am ~ You Are The Light

Light You Up 6:20 Shawn Mullins
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluenced 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Lovers of Light 3:58 Afro Celt Sound System
Put Your Lights On 4:45 Santana Feat. Everlast
Long As I Can See the Light 3:16 Marc Cohn
Light 7:22 Hans Zimmer & Johnny Mori

Friday, Dec 19, 2014, 545pm ~ Nia Black Out Jam ~ Yin & Yang

Kode 5:35 Kimi Djabate
Samba Alla 3:50 Diogal
Ave Maria 4:25 Peter Lale, Lisbeth Scott
Touch 3:43 Shift K3Y
Brasilero (Nights Mix) 5:14 Shaman’s Dream
Bailando 5:00 Chuck Love
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 4:31 Mark Ronson
Guitaria 5:28 Deep Dive Corp.
Wizards In Winter 3:06 Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Spirit In the Dark 5:04 Diane Schuur & B.B. King
The Hounds Of Winter 5:51 Sting
Greensleeves 4:29 Steve Erquiaga
When Comes December 4:04 Tim Story

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…

If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.

Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

And if you’re a belt, Helen Terry is coming to the Charlottesville area for a Blue Belt training in February! An exciting opportunity to deepen your practice!

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